Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Those surveyed claimed they are trapped in an endless cycle of work. They are badly paid but their pay is going down in real terms, and they rarely consulted about their views at work. They are an undervalued, isolated sector.
There was a good response this morning from farmers and others at the meat inspectors picket line at the Scotbeef plant in Bridge of Allen. Food safety is important to protect quality meat brands. As well as consumers.
And at other plants across Scotland.
Two four-hour walkouts are scheduled to take place, from 6.30am-10.30am on Tuesday, August 26, and again on Wednesday, August 27.
The decision follows a ballot earlier this month, which saw UNISON’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) members overwhelmingly vote for strike action over an imposed pay offer of just 0.75%, while most other public service workers have been offered a 1% increase.
UNISON has previously invited the FSA to resolve the pay dispute through independent conciliation. Even as late as last week, UNISON asked them to reconsider and go to ACAS for arbitration, but they refused.
Dave Watson, UNISON Scotland’s Head of Bargaining and Campaigns, said: “Meat inspectors, official veterinarians and support staff cost each person in the country just 38 pence per year. When you consider that since April 2012, they have prevented over a million instances of diseased animal carcasses from entering the food chain, it’s a small price to pay for safer food.
Monday, 25 August 2014
|Ali Syed |
born 18 November 1934
died 25 August 2014
"Ali was also a stalwart of Socialist Health Association Scotland for many years, serving as Chair and then in retirement as Vice-Chair. He also served on the SHA UK Central Council. This followed an outstanding NHS career in cancer care, latterly at the Beatson Centre in Glasgow. He was Labour to the core and made many contributions at Scottish Labour Party conferences.
"He will be sadly missed by all his comrades and the very many people he helped. Our thoughts are of course with his family.
"We have no further information at this time regarding funeral arrangements, but will circulate when we do."
There has been growing concern over the way the FSA handles food safety across the UK. It's part of the reason why Scotland is in the process of establishing a separate body, although many of the problems are likely to remain here as well.
A recent survey for the Food Standards Agency showed 59% of raw chicken bought at supermarkets contained the potentially deadly bacteria Campylobacter. As an article in the Scotsman put it, "After a decade of trying to get the poultry industry to clean up its act, the Food Standards Agency had promised to name and shame the worst offenders in the first quarter of its year-long survey. However, pressure from the industry has led the FSA to back down".
Thursday, 21 August 2014
The Scottish Employers have imposed a pay award of 1% on our members from 1 April 2014.
Further they have refused to negotiate on UNISON’s claim for this period which was:
• An additional £1 per hour for all staff conditioned by the Scottish Joint Council
• Consolidation of the Living Wage
• Deletion of spinal column points below the level of the Living Wage
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The People's Assembly is a broad united national campaign against austerity, cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, community and welfare services, based on general agreement with the signatories’ Founding Statement. http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/scotland
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
“This significant decision confirms what UNISON has been saying for some time. Holiday pay not only includes a worker’s basic pay, but also other payments like overtime, bonuses and commission which can be reasonably said to form part of their normal pay packet.
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Sunday, 17 August 2014
Saturday, 9 August 2014
The demands were straightforward: An immediate end to the killing, Israel to lift the siege and to abide by UN resolutions. An end to arms sales to Israel and boycott, divestment and sanctions to bring pressure on the Israeli government. A free Palestine.